Police make two arrests in connection with care home COVID outbreak

Police have made two arrests in connection with a COVID outbreak at a Sidmouth care home. A 57-year-old woman from Sidmouth and a 30-year-old man from Exeter have been arrested on suspicion of wilful neglect under the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015. Devon & Cornwall Police said no further arrests were currently planned in relation to the ongoing enquiry into the outbreak at Holmesley Care Home.

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Nine deaths have been reported at the home since 25 February, all of which are all believed to be related to the outbreak. The investigation is currently being led by Devon & Cornwall Police in partnership with a multi-agency safeguarding response in order to maintain safeguarding of those residents in the home.

The probe is focusing on infection control and management within the home and is not related to the vaccination of residents. Holmesley Care Home provides personal and nursing care for up 55 people aged over 65. The service was rated Good by the CQC in the safe and well-led categories following a focused inspection in September 2020.

It has been granted assured status under the ‘eight ticks’ of the CQC’s infection prevent and control programme.

The CQC is currently carrying out a review of care quality at the home.

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